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Kellie Bright signs up for Strictly Come Dancing

Kellie Bright signs up for Strictly Come Dancing

Kellie Bright will compete in the new series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 'EastEnders' actress - who plays Linda Carter in the BBC soap - is the first female celebrity to be announced this year and said it was an opportunity she couldn't pass up.

She explained: "There are two main reasons I want to take part in this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

"The first is that as I will be turning 40 next year, I think it is the perfect time for a new, exciting challenge. The second reason is because if I said 'no', Linda Carter would never forgive me!"

Kellie, 39, joins celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and DJ Jeremy Vine who have previously been announced.

Celebrity chef Ainsley, 58, - who is best known as the host of cooking show 'Ready Steady Cook' - made a surprise appearance on 'The One Show' to reveal he will be taking part in the upcoming series of the BBC One dance contest.

He said: "I must admit that I do love to dance, but doing it in front of the nation is a whole different matter!

"In my day job the only type of salsa I know about is the one in my recipes so I am looking forward to rising to the challenge, bring it on!"

BBC Radio 2 and 'Eggheads' host Jeremy said: "They asked me and I just thought I just turned 50 this year I've got to start dancing properly. I can't go into the dad dancing.

"How could I say no to the biggest show in TV? Yes, yes, yes and yes again to the sequins and the Samba!"